This award is going to be a very tough decision on who to vote for on the ballot. (Unlike the 2012 Presidential election.)
There are a boatload of guys that you can make a strong case for: R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Kyle Lohse and Craig Kimbrel are all thankful that Kris Medlen didn't start enough games to get serious consideration for the award. (In 12 starts with Atlanta he was 9-0 with a ridiculous 0.97 ERA.)
St. Louis Cardinal fans are already nervous because they get to face Medlen in a one-game playoff on Friday.
What a year he had for the Washington Nationals. He led the Majors with 21 wins and proved the Nationals made the right move by trading four of their top prospects for him in the offseason.
Rankings among starting pitchers in the NL
21 wins (1st)
2.89 ERA (6th)
207 K's (T-4th)
1.13 WHIP (8th)
4.6 WAR (4th)
9.4 K's / 9 IP (1st)
2.72 K's / BB's (25th)
.206 opponent batting avg. (1st)
.582 opponent OPS (1st)
199.1 IP (19th)